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In this issue...

  • Illegal works in Sapcote
  • We're powered by veg oil
  • Tree giveaway success
  • Primary school air quality lessons
  • Food ratings return!
  • Canvass door knocking begins
  • Be aware of energy scam
  • Job Fair on Monday
  • Join the Active Blaby revolution

 Fine for illegal works in Sapcote

Granitethorpe Quarry
A landowner has been ordered to pay nearly £9,000 by Leicester Magistrates’ Court for not following an enforcement notice on a partially built structure in Sapcote.

John Roger Mac of Hinckley Road, Wolvey ordered to pay a total of £8,905.50, which included a fine of £7,500, costs of £1,215.50 as well as a victim surcharge of £190.

An Enforcement Notice was issued by Blaby District Council back in September 2021 for the partial build of a structure at Granitethorpe Quarry, off Leicester Road, Sapcote without planning permission.

After failing to resolve the breach and remove the structure, we prosecuted Mr Mac for this planning breach.
Sapcote planning breach

🥕 Veg oil now powers our fleet!

Cllr Nigel Grundy with HVO fleet

We're proud to say that 90% of our fleet's emissions have started to be wiped out with the move to alternative fuel.

Back in May, our Cabinet Executive approved plans to change the majority of the vehicle fleet to hydro treated vegetable oil (HVO).

We know that whilst each vehicle plays an important part of our daily work, efforts needed to be made to ensure these are sustainable and as environmentally friendly as possible.

HVO is a popular alternative to diesel with other local authorities and organisations who are looking to considerably reduce their carbon emissions.

The first two lorries have now been converted to HVO, with the majority of the fleet’s change from diesel to HVO coming over the next few months. Once completed, the conversion will see a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions from 505 tonnes to just 51 tonnes per year.

HVO fleet change

🌳 Residents tree-t themselves during Green Week

Cllr Les Phillimore giving a tree away
2,000 free trees - all snapped up!

Thank you to everyone who came to our tree giveaway last week at Fosse Park. All 2,000 trees were taken away to be planted as part of the Queen's Green Canopy.

Hazel, Crab Apple, Dog Rose and Downy Birch were available at the event, which took place on Great Big Green Week. A huge thanks to sponsors Aggregate Industries and opticians Edmonds and Slatter Opticians, and to Fosse Park, who kindly donated the giveaway spot.

Our activities during this week highlight our commitment to becoming a carbon neutral council by 2030, and for Blaby District to become carbon neutral by 2050.

Keep a lookout or more info on any future giveaways!
Tree giveaway success

☁️ Lessons in air quality for primary pupils!

Danemill pupils with Cllr Les Phillimore
It's been fantastic to help raise awareness of air quality and going green with a series of lessons in primary schools.

The sessions include information about climate change and air quality, with the content targeted towards children of primary age to make it both fun and easy to understand.

It is hoped that pupils will come away knowing about how climate change and air quality are linked, passing this knowledge on to their parent/guardian for positive behavioural change.

Our first session took place at Danemill Primary School in Enderby, and we're planning to visit other primary schools in the district!

Find out more using the link below.
Primary green lessons

🍲 Latest Food Hygiene Ratings

Food Ratings
See the latest food hygiene ratings from our inspections below:

Rated 5 - Hygiene standards are very good
  • Taste of Thai - Private address
  • Monsters Catering - Private address
  • Candywrights - Private address
  • Chilli Killy's Ice Cream - Private Address
  • Fossebrook Primary School - Leicester Forest East
  • The Black Box Whetstone
  • Blaby Bowling Club
Rated 4 - Hygiene standards are good
  • Square Pizza - Blaby
  • Greystoke Primary School - Narborough
Rated 3 - Hygiene standards are generally satisfactory
  • Pizza Point - Countesthorpe
Every food establishment in the district and its latest hygiene rating from 0-5 can be found on the Food Standards Agency website.
Food Ratings
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⚠️ Warning about energy bill scam

Action Fraud
Action Fraud has had a number of reports of fake text messages claiming to be from the UK government.

The texts state that the recipient is “owed” or “eligible” for an energy bill discount as part of the Energy Bill Support Scheme. The links in the emails lead to genuine-looking websites that are designed to steal your personal and financial information.

Please remember that you do not need to apply for the £400 Energy Bill Discount, nor will you be asked for your bank details. If you receive this message please ignore it and do not click on anything.
 
If you've spotted a suspicious text message, forward it to 7726 (it’s free of charge).

🚪 Canvass door knocking begins

Canvasser badge

Representatives from Blaby District Council have started visiting 2,100 properties in the district to ensure everyone who is eligible to vote, can vote.

These will be properties who haven’t responded to the annual canvass form. Canvassers will try and confirm the details of people living at the property and add any new people who are now eligible to vote.

Canvassers will be wearing the ID badge pictured above at all times. Residents with any queries or worries should call us.

Please note that canvassers will only visit properties once, and will not return on multiple occasions.

Find out more about Annual Canvass on the webpage using the link below.

Annual Canvass

👍 Job Fair this coming Monday!

Job Fair information, detail in main body of text
We're just a weekend away from our Job Fair! Join us from 3pm-6pm on Monday 10 October. Set your sat navs to LE19 2EP.

There's a range of local employers, including Marriott Hotel, Arriva Midlands and Palmers Garden Centre. We'll also be there to show the opportunities available at Blaby District Council.

Serco will also be at the Hilton Hotel on Wednesday 12 October from 10:00am-8:00pm if you'd like to find out even more about the jobs available at the new HMP Fosse Way.

Find out more below.
Job Fair

🏃 Join our Active Blaby revolution

It's been fantastic to see so many people take advantage of our new Active Blaby website since it launched two weeks ago!

Active Blaby not only features the most comprehensive directory of over 450 local activities and groups in the district, it also has an online assessment to help give you practical advice and support to overcome inactivity.

Take a look around our Active Blaby website using the link below.
Active Blaby
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